- New Orleans Hornets 2003 - present
David Moorer West is a professional basketball player from the United States of America who plays as a power forward. West moved around a bit during his days as a high school student, first playing for the Garner Magnet High School before moving to the Hargrave Military Academy. At Hargrave, West was named to the All-State First Team in North Carolina.
West went on to attend Xavier University where he started for the Musketeers in all four seasons. He became the first player from Xavier to have his jersey retired while still playing as a part of the team. The Musketeers reached a top-10 rank in the country as well as the number 3 seed in the NCAA tournament under West’s senior year leadership. West was named as an All-American First Team player by the Associated Press and was named as the National Player of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association, all in 2003.
His senior year averages of 20.1 points per game with an 11.8 rebounds per game average took the college to a second successive 26-6 record for the season. In four seasons, Xavier had 94 wins with West leading the way. He ended up as the all-time shot block leader, with 228 blocks; the all-time second highest scorer, with 2,132 points, and the all-time second highest rebounder, with 1,308 rebounds. He was also named as the Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the year in his sophomore, junior and senior years in college. West also won the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award; an award given to the nation’s top senior men’s basketball player.
West was also named to the Sports Illustrated’s NCAA All-Decade Team from 2000-10.
At the 2003 NBA Draft, the New Orleans Hornets picked West at 18th overall, in the first round. West spent his first season on the bench while his second season was marred by injury. He played just 30 games in 2004-05, averaging less than 19 minutes a game.
In 2005-06, West finally got an opportunity to spend more time on court, starting all 74 games he played, with 34.1 minutes per game. His field goal % stood at .512 while he scored at 17.4 points per game with 7.4 rebounds. He finished second in the race for the NBA Most Improved Player Award. A weaker team helped West’s cause as he also saw some playing time as a center.
In 2006-07, West became even more influential for the Hornets, scoring at 18.3 points per game with 8.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. He suffered an elbow injury that kept him out for 30 games in the season but still managed to score 30 points or more, in a game, five times and 20 points or more, 13 times.
It was all uphill for West in 2006-07 as he started all 76 games he played, recording a career-high 8.9 rebounds per game with 2.3 assists (also a career-high) and 1.3 blocks per game. His scoring jumped up to 20.6 points per game, something that was just a teaser on the 2007-08 season.
West was unstoppable in 2007-08, playing a career-high 39.2 minutes per game with 8.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 21 points per game, a career high. Despite his sensational figures, West couldn’t help a below-par team to recover much on their post-season runs however he did get picked for the 2008 and 2009 NBA All-Star Game.
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